John L. Micek

Trump Predictably Took The Low Road in Europe | John L. Micek

It was tempting, for a moment there, to believe that President Donald Trump might get through his overseas trip to the United Kingdom and Normandy… Continue reading


She Remembers a Time When Abortion was Illegal | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jessica Marquez-Gates is old enough to remember an America before Roe v. Wade. It was an America where women “douched with caustic… Continue reading


On 50th Anniversary of Riots, Gay Journalist Looks Back… and Forward | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Fifty years ago, Mark Segal walked into a bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village and stumbled into history. Then an 18-year-old… Continue reading


Lots of Older Cities are Losing Population. Trump’s Making It Worse. | John L. Micek

The city of Erie, Pa. is a tourist magnet, thanks to the lovely lakeshore at Lake Erie. Downtown, the streets are lined with little cafes… Continue reading

‘We Cannot Ignore the Threads’ that Connect Acts of Hate | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Holocaust survivors, their families, their friends, and their allies all gathered in the state Capitol building here Wednesday. And they vowed to… Continue reading

Trump’s New Plan: Boot Families From Public Housing | John L. Micek

The Trump administration is upping the ante in its war on undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing — all… Continue reading

Streaming ‘Game of Thrones?’ You Should Care About Net Neutrality Bill | John L. Micek

If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down on Sunday night, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the start of the… Continue reading

Why Are We So Bad At Science? | John L. Micek

What do most Americans know about science? If a March 28 Pew Research Center poll is to be believed — not nearly enough. And at… Continue reading

There’s Will to Act on Guns in America. So Why Don’t We? | John L. Micek

Six days. That’s how long it took New Zealand’s parliament, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the support of opposition leaders, to ban military-style… Continue reading

Nothing Pro-Family About Influential Conservative Council | John L. Micek

The conservative Family Research Council is out with its latest congressional scorecard. Shocking no one, it’s yet another reminder that the conservative organization’s overwhelming interest… Continue reading

What Two Republicans Tell Us About Today’s GOP | John L. Micek

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his… Continue reading

America the Melting Pot? Not So Fast. | John L. Micek

America has a bunch of foundational myths — George Washington and his famed cherry tree, the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just… Continue reading

The Front Line in the Abortion Fight is Closer Than You Think | John L. Micek

So here’s another reason why it’s important to pay attention in what happens in your state capital. Last week, two Pennsylvania state lawmakers — both… Continue reading

Trump Makes Predatory Lending Great Again | John L. Micek

Here’s another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it’s more important to watch what the White House does, rather than what it… Continue reading

Trump’s Fake Photos Mask a Larger Truth | John L. Micek

Of course, it had to happen. The news this week that President Donald Trump’s handlers may have digitally altered his photographs to make him appear… Continue reading

The Illegal Immigrant Story Trump Isn’t Telling You | John L. Micek

If you passed Max Acuna on the street or on your way to work, or any one of those hundreds of places where people cross… Continue reading

What Would Jefferson Think of the Government Shutdown? | John L. Micek

WASHINGTON - It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of… Continue reading

Pelosi Gives Trump an Important Civics Lesson | John L. Micek

Somewhere, Dorothy Parker is smiling. In one withering remark on Tuesday, once (and now increasingly likely future) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Donald Trump the… Continue reading

Will Trump Listen to Lindsey Graham? | John L. Micek

What got into Lindsey Graham? Maybe it was the wave of nostalgia for an old school Washington brought on by the funeral of former President… Continue reading

Bush-Appointed Judge Credits Roberts for Standing Up to Trump | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - John E. Jones III doesn’t look or sound much like a rebel. Like a lot of federal judges, he’s given to sober… Continue reading